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THERAPY GROUPS FOR ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE
Archdiocesan Office of Assistance Ministry to Sponsor Sessions

Chicago, IL (August 16, 2009) - The Archdiocese of Chicago through the Office of Assistance Ministry will sponsor therapy groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  Licensed professionals, who have experience working with victims of sexual abuse, will conduct separate group sessions for women and men at no cost to the participants.  Participation in the adult therapy groups is not limited to those who were sexually abused as minors by a priest or deacon. The abuse may have been perpetrated by a family member, friend, or stranger.

Therapy groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse will meet for twelve consecutive weeks beginning the week of September 14.  Sessions for men will be held on Chicago’s South Side, and those for women in the Midway Airport area.  Support groups for survivors of sexual abuse have been an ongoing service from the Office of Assistance Ministry since its inception in 1992.

Those interested in attending the sessions are asked to call or email Kathleen Leggdas at 312-534-5268, kleggdas@archchicago.org or Matt Hunnicutt at 312-534-8267, mhunnicutt@archchicago.org.

The Archdiocesan Office of Assistance Ministry’s mission is to provide pastoral care, support, and resources to victims-survivors of sexual abuse and their loved ones in their efforts to achieve psychological, emotional and spiritual healing.  For information about the Office of Assistance Ministry, visit the office’s page on the Archdiocesan web site at www.archchicago.org.

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